Preventative Dentistry 

Dental Exams: a comprehensive oral exam includes a complete visual inspection of the teeth and surrounding tissues, screening for oral cancer, screening for periodontal disease

Cleanings: It is important to have your teeth cleaned at least every 6 months. Some patients will require more frequent cleanings. At our office, we combine all cleanings with a complete oral exam.

Dental X-rays: Dental x-rays provide the dentist with valuable information not visible during the regular dental exam. Dental X-rays can reveal abscesses, decay between teeth, developmental abnormalities, problems inside a tooth or under the gums, and bone loss. We recommend bite-wing X-rays (x-rays that show both the top and bottom teeth) for all new patients and yearly as needed at routine recall appointments. A full mouth series of X-rays is taken only as needed.

Sealants: Sealants are a plastic resin material applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent cavities from forming in the grooves and pits. These areas are prime targets for tooth decay.

Fluoride: Fluoride can make teeth stronger and more resistant to tooth decay (cavities). We recommend fluoride administered topically at your routine dental cleaning appointments. Fluoride can also be found in some public drinking water and bottled water can be purchased with fluoride added.

Home care: The best way to prevent cavities and gum disease is with good home care including correct tooth brushing and flossing techniques.

Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle where your gums and teeth meet and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums. Continue by brushing the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Finally, brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Flossing: Periodontal (gum) disease usually starts in between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is the best way to remove plaque from these surfaces. Floss holders can be used if you have trouble with conventional floss.

Mouthguards: Mouth injuries resulting in lost teeth, fractured jaws and concussions are often sports related. Many of these injuries could be prevented by wearing a mouthguard. A professionally fabricated mouthguard not only protects well, but allows for easy speech and breathing.

Bleaching: Dentist supervised bleaching is the safest and most effective method to brighten your smile. A take-home delivery system is offered for your convenience.

Diet: A balanced diet is a dental health essential. Foods with sugars and carbohydrates feed the bacteria that produce dental plaque, while calcium-poor diets increase your chances of developing gum (periodontal) disease and jaw deterioration.

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